32nd Annual Conference

March 10-12, 2020

Minneapolis Convention Center, Minnesota

Including Cognitive Diversity: A Missing Link in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

3-hour Seminars

Day 1

Session Code: SEM-A
When: March 10, 2020
Location/Room: 211A
Level: Intermediate
Track: Critical Employment Practices
Presenters: Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, Disaster Avoidance Experts  |  Kelly Atkinson
Prerequisite: Some experience looking at the process of hiring and/or promotion from within


In this engaging, interactive, dynamic presentation, you will dramatically improve your skills in addressing the missing link of cognitive diversity in your DEI efforts. Your employees have different cognitive patterns: some are optimistic while others are pessimistic, some like innovation while others prefer stability, some are skeptical while others are accepting. Any of these cognitive patterns has strengths and weaknesses, yet recent research in cognitive neuroscience and behavioral economics shows that we reveal unconscious bias by hiring and promoting people who have the same mental patterns as us. Such hiring and promotion not only undercut DEI but also gravely damage organizational performance, since you get employees who reinforce each other’s weaknesses rather than compensating for them.

Using case studies that show solutions for such unconscious bias, and cutting-edge research, this session will provide the critical take-aways needed to address cognitive diversity in DEI.

Learning Outcomes
  • Assess where unconscious bias may be undercutting cognitive diversity in your organization
  • Discover research-based best practices for addressing unconscious bias toward cognitive diversity
  • Develop a plan to address any unconscious bias around cognitive diversity in your organization

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